Academic career

2015 – present   Associate professor

Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Management, School of Life Science and Bioengineering, Nelson-Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, Arusha, Tanzania

2013 – 2016   Station manager

DFG Kili FOR 1246; Nkweseko, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania and Dept. of Zoology, University of Würzburg, Germany

2013 – present   PD/adjunct lecturer

Agroecology in the Tropics and Subtropics, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany

2013   Habilitation

Agroecology, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany

2008 – 2013      Lecturer

Agroecology in the Tropics and Subtropics, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany (lecturing; supervising BSc, MSc, PhD students; hosting guest researchers; administration)

2011 – 2013      Humboldt fellow

Feodor-Lynen Stipend: Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA (host: W.M. Getz)

2007 – 2008      DFG and Schimper fellow

Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation, University of Potsdam, Germany (host: F. Jeltsch) and Mpala Research Centre, Laikipia, Kenya

2005 – 2007      DFG fellow

Resource Ecology, Wageningen University, The Netherlands (host: H.H.T. Prins)

2004 – 2005      Scientific assistant

EcoStrat ecological agency (GMO risk assessment), Zürich, Switzerland

2001 – 2004      SNF fellow: PhD student

Geobotanical Institute, ETH Zürich, Switzerland; Thesis title: Habitat use of wildlife and diet preferences of the common warthog on a former cattle ranch in a Tanzanian savanna (supervisor: P.J. Edwards)

1998 – 2000      NSF and DAAD fellow: MSc student

Evolutionary Ecology and Organismal Biology, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA. Thesis title: An Optimal Management Strategy for Arabian Oryx in Mahazat as-Sayd, Saudi Arabia (supervisor: J.B. Williams)

1995 – 1998      Undergraduate and graduate student

in Biology: University of Bonn, Germany